Crime Prevention Update June 02 2016

By | June 2, 2016

Good Morning Campus Community,

I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend and had a happy and safe start to the summer. As we kick off the month of June, here are a few things to pass along from Public Safety:

  • The Department of Public Safety, in partnership with the Office of Sustainability and Student Government Association, is in the process of implementing the new bicycle parking system in the area of the Bell Building, McAlister Residence Hall, and Berry Residence Hall. If you park your bicycle in this area, please familiarize yourself with these assignments. Please direct any questions to PSO Kia Rodgers at rodgerslj@cofc.edu.

 

  • For those who will remain on campus throughout the summer, please continue to stay observant and report any suspicious activity you may see to Public Safety. Remember, you can report any non-emergency anonymously by calling the Crime Action Line (843)953-4998 or by filling out a Silent Witness form on our website.

 

  • As summer comes into full swing, and things on campus are quieting down, it can be easy to fall into the trap of complacency when it comes to personal safety and protecting your personal property. Please continue to lock your office or room doors, and store all valuables in a secure location. Taking these simple steps can greatly reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime.

 

  • Since the summer of 2015, the Department of Public Safety has been offering an Active Shooter training designed to inform campus community members of how to respond to an active shooter incident. Public Safety will continue to be available to offer this training to your office or department over the summer. We can attend a staff meeting, or make arrangements to come at another time that works best for your department. Please let me know if this is something you are interested in, or if you have any questions.
  • Be social with us! If you have not already, please follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for departmental news, upcoming events, and other important information. If you are having trouble accessing our pages, please make sure you are signed into your social media account.

 

Crime Prevention Tip:

Pickpocketers usually work in teams of two or three people. They take their time, stalk their victims, and strike when the victims are most vulnerable. Always be aware of staged distractions. Pickpocketers may drop something in front of you, or cause a loud commotion near you, as a distraction. Once you are distracted, the other pickpocket steals your valuables and walks away. If you are jostled, bumped, or crowded by anyone, consider that a pickpocketer may be in action.

 

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.

 

Take Care and Be Safe,

 

PSO Madeline M. Sloan

Crime Prevention Specialist

Department of Public Safety

Office of the President

89 St. Philip Street

Charleston, SC 29424

(843)953-5609

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